Due to my increased amount of reading and redefining my own style in the last year or two, I've come to notice something quite common.
Sets of furniture. Bedroom sets. Living room sets. Dining room sets.
I know these are the easiest for decorating and often most affordable choices but they don't have much character. More importantly, no YOU!
I once read a design rule that you shouldn't have three pieces of the same brown in any room (enter furniture sets). Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and Value City Furniture are trying to sell furniture, not make a house a home. Next time you see a set of furniture, look for a corresponding piece that is not in the set (even if it's for pretend) to put a room together. Train your eye.
The bedrooms above incorporate different textures, colors, and types of woods.Think outside the box.
Cookie cutter, steer clear.